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Crowdcube co-founders: Luke Lang and Darren Westlake have raised new funds

Crowdcube closes world record crowdfunding round in 16 minutes

Equity crowdfunding platform has topped up a £3.8 million venture capital round by using its own platform to raise £1.2 million.

Retail Decisions has built its offering in the payment fraud protection market

Palamon Capital Partners nets 2.5x return on Retail Decisions sale

Payment fraud prevention technology Retail Decisions has been sold to ACI Worldwide through a deal worth $205 million.

CEO Samir Desai, CMO James Meekings and head of credit Andrew Mullinger

Funding Circle raises huge Series D and adds former New York deputy mayor to board

Peer-to-peer debt finance platform Funding Circle has returned to its investor base to raise $65 million of expansion funds.

Entrepreneurs: Luke Lang and Darren Westlake set up Crowdcube in 2011

Crowdcube fuses venture capital and crowdfunding for latest investment round

Having previously only used its own crowdfunding platform to raise growth capital, Crowdcube has secured institutional backer Balderton Capital as a new investor.

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Carphone Warehouse founder joins VCs in backing fintech venture Nutmeg.com

Personal wealth manager Nutmeg.com has raised $32 million of institutional capital two years after launching in the UK.

The TransferWise founders have been joined by entrepreneur Richard Branson

Richard Branson joins Peter Thiel as investor at 'anti-bank' fintech start-up TransferWise

Financial technology business TransferWise has been successful in securing investment from both sides of the Atlantic through a $25 million fundraising.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.

Football to business: Alex Ferguson was Manchester United manager for 27 years

Sir Alex Ferguson takes to angel investing and backs fintech start-up Pockit

Technology start-up Pockit has been described as being 'superbly placed' by Sir Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United manager joined a £1 million seed funding round for the company.

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Satago uses Naval Ravikant's AngelList to close $1 million seed funding round

UK-based Satago has utilised private backers investing through the AngelList platform to raise $1 million of new capital.

Bitcoin entrepreneur: Tony Gallippi is looking to take his company global

Index Ventures makes first foray into Bitcoin sector

Richard Branson and Ashton Kutcher-backed BitPay has now raised more institutional capital than any other start-up in the space following a latest round worth $30 million.

Ease of use: Jacob de Geer wants to make payments simpler for small businesses

Zouk Capital added to growing list of venture capital backers at iZettle

Payments service iZettle has secured $55.5 million of new growth capital to accelerate the roll out of its hardware and software products.

Power of many: Peer-to-peer financing is taking control away from the banks

The rise of peer-to-peer lending in the UK

As managing director of property finance business Folk2Folk, David Brown explains why peer-to-peer is growing through opening up the finance market, and how his business fits in.

Online service: iprism provides comparative SME business insurance for brokers

Magenta Partners nets 'significant return' on investment in iprism 

Bowmark Capital has snapped up the stake of insurance intermediary iprism Underwriting Agency held by Magenta Partners.

Corporate leadership: The Currency Cloud is headed up by CEO Mike Laven

London tech start-up The Currency Cloud bolstered by eight-figure fundraising

A host of well-known venture capital firms are uniting to back the future growth of payments engine The Currency Cloud as the British business looks to increase transaction numbers.

Business recovery – What help is available?

Here, we look at the procedures surrounding business recovery, such as liquidation and company voluntary agreements.

Paternoster Square in London is home to the Alternative Investment Market

The AIM bounce back

Having endured some testing times since the economic crisis, Edward Craft, partner at Wedlake Bell, argues that the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) is back on form.

Jon Moulton left Alchemy Partners in 2009 to set up Better Capital

Jon Moulton gives his backing to new fund management firm

Seneca Investment Managers has the support of serial investor Jon Moulton as it looks to begin its asset allocating.

Everline's Russell Gould is building out the offering to include other funding types

The short-term finance method of equipping businesses with capital

With growing businesses facing a variety of challenges centred around cash flow, Everline managing director Russell Gould tells us why short-term finance can help plug holes.

DueDil

DueDil's Damian Kimmelman has aims to take his company global

DueDil closes $17 million round as it looks to continue ‘exponential’ growth

Company financials business DueDil has completed a Series B fundraising round by going back to its existing pool of investors.

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